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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Riviera Quartet @ The Globe. June 9

Pete Tanton (trumpet & flugelhorn), Mark Williams (guitar), John Pope (double bass) & Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Debra Milne)
The band arrived at the Globe three hours in advance of the advertised eight o’clock start. The annual Blaydon Road Race from Balmbras to the (now demolished) Geordie Ridley (5.6 miles, 4500 runners) would see city centre roads closed for several hours. Summer weather and re-routed traffic – would an audience make it to Jazz Co-op HQ?
Pete Tanton’s Riviera Quartet opened with two numbers by the bandleader: Barbados (in Caribbean-like temperatures, minus the scenery) and You Don’t Smile. Tanton played his flugelhorn on both tunes, sounding great from the start, projecting a warm, rounded tone.  Mark Williams’ distinctly bop-ish There, There, There (or is it Their etc?) heard Tanton’s muted trumpet and the singing bass man John Pope (JP has taken to singing along to his solo features!) topped-off with Russ Morgan expertly dispatching fours.
A Tanton waltz (Turf War) and Williams’ Booze Blues (Williams and Morgan engaging in a superb dialogue) closed out a fine first set.
The audience – yes, a fair number made the effort to get to the Globe – recharged glasses and settled down for more of the Riviera Good Life. Sonny Rollins’ theme to Alfie began in 1960s super-cool fashion. Tanton and Williams took to the stand and started to play as Pope and Morgan were cruising on La Grand Corniche with Bardot and Delon. The bass and drums boys parked the Porsche, sauntered on to the stand and were in the pocket just like that. Cool or what?!
Tanton’s The Cat’s Reply hinted at a Chano Pozo rhythm and, to close an enjoyable set, a swinging blues heard from all four members of the Riviera Quartet. Pete Tanton can look forward to promoters from Tyneside to the French Riviera booking the band. A top class outfit, catch them at a gig soon.       
Russell.          

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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